New Hope United Methodist Church
LAY/VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP – 2014

Here is an alphabetical list of lay/volunteer positions at New Hope UMC. When you click on the position you will be taken to the corresponding position which gives the name of the person in that position and a brief summary of the responsibilities.

Adult Ministries | Charge Conference | Children’s Ministry | Church Council | Communications Cord. | Conference Rep. | Council Chairperson | Council Recording Sec. | Disaster Preparedness | Finance Chairperson | Finance Committee | Food Pantry Ministry | Global Outreach Missions | Historian | Lay Leader | Lay Servants | Lay Speakers, Certified | Members At Large | Membership Secretary | Nominations & Leadership Development Chair | Nominations & Leadership Development Committee | Nurture Ministries | Outreach Ministries | Prayer Chain | Prayer Shawl Ministry | Prayer Warrior Ministry | Sound & Video | Staff/Pastor Par. Chair | Staff/Pastor Par. Com. | Sunday School Superintendent | Treasurer | Trustees Chairperson | Trustees Committee | UMM | UMW | Witness Ministries | Worship Committee | Youth Ministry |
Charge Conference

The membership of the Charge Conference shall be all members of the Church (Administrative) Council (Discipline ¶246.2). Read More  >>>

Church Council

(Discipline ¶252.1)The Church (Administrative) Council provides for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church.

Church Council voting membership is indicated with an asterisk ∗.

Church Council Chairperson – Matthew Byrum
The chairperson of the church’s governing body. Read More  >>>

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Recording Secretary – Cindy Harris
Records and maintains the minutes of the Church Council and Charge Conference meetings. Read More  >>>

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Church Lay Leader – Jenny Eure
Functions as the primary representative of and role model for Christian discipleship. Read More  >>>

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Annual Conference Representative – Jenny Eure
Lay Member who represents the congregation at the annual conference. Read More  >>>

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Church Treasurer – 
Responsible for accounting, reporting, oversight and management of pledges and other contributions to the Church. Read More  >>>

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Finance Chairperson – George Brizius
Finance Committee – 
Jenny Eure (Lay Leader) Matt Byrum (Council Chair)
, Treasurer George Vinson (Trustees Representative)
Don Oglesby (SPRC) Pastor





Responsible for monitoring and controling the financial income and expenditures of the church. Read More  >>>

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Staff⁄Pastor Parish Relations Chairperson –  Don Oglesby
Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee – 
   Class of 2014       Class of 2015       Class of 2016   
Andrew Byrum Bob Murphy Jimmy Darnell
Gretchen Ownley Don Oglesby Yvonne Chambers





Serve as the liaison between the lay members, clergy, and the church. Read More  >>>

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Trustees Chairperson –  George Vinson
Trustees Committee – 
   Class of 2014       Class of 2015       Class of 2016   
Greg Chambers Carroll Small Phillip Darnell
George Vinson Liz Saunders Jeff Birkle
Carolyn Darnell







Responsible for maintaining the church’s physical facilities. Read More  >>>

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Disaster Preparedness  – Carroll Small, Director
Responsible for developing and updating a disaster preparedness plan for the Church. Read More  >>>

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Nominations & Leadership Development Chairperson – Pastor
Nominations & Leadership Development Committee – 
   Class of 2014       Class of 2015       Class of 2016   
Jolene Yezdanian Mary Ruckle Sarah Meadows
Tammi Byrum Lindsay Chambers






Coordinator of all ministries that care for our church membership (formerly called the Lay Leadership Committee). Read More  >>>

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Church Historian – Bob Murphy
Responsible for keeping the historical records of New Hope UMC up to date. Read More  >>>

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UMM President – Phillip Darnell
Responsible for providing a dedicated ministry for building men spiritually. Read More  >>>

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UMW President – Yvonne Chambers
Responsible for providing opportunities for the women of New Hope UMC to reach out and grow with their faith. Read More  >>>

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Members At Large
Lindsay Chambers Wallace Ownley Barbara Winslow Mary Ruckle
Sally Morgan Pat Capps Yvonne Chambers Carolyn Darnell
Pat Oglesby





Elected Members At Large are chosen, for a three year term, to serve as representatives of the congregation. Their vote and voice is recognized as how the congregation speaks on issues and decisions of ministry.

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Membership Secretary – 
The Membership Secretary, under the direction of the pastor, keeps accurate membership records so that the congregation knows its current reality and can build a plan for growth in professions of faith, baptisms, members, and discipleship. Read More  >>>

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Nurture Ministries

(Discipline ¶252.2 (a)) Nurturing Ministries shall give attention to education, worship, Christian formation, membership care, small groups, and stewardship, also to the needs of individuals and families of all ages. Nurture Ministries include:

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Adult Ministries – Rebecca Corona, Coordinator

Develops disciples for Christ by providing spiritual support, nurturing faith, and offering fellowship events for adults ages 18 and over. Read More  >>>

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Children’s Ministry – Lindsay M. Chambers, Coordinator

Responsible for all Children’s Ministries. Read More  >>>

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Sunday School Superintendent – , Superintendent

Responsible for leading the congregation to nurture and form Christian disciples of all ages through small groups. Read More  >>>

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Worship Committee – , Coordinator

Coordinator for all ministries that relate to worship. Read More  >>>

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Youth Ministry – Cindy Harris & Jimmy Darnell, Co-Coordinators

Responsible for organizing and promoting the youth ministry (youth grades 6–12). Read More  >>>

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Outreach Ministries

(Discipline ¶252.2 (a)) Outreach Ministries shall give attention to ministries of compassion, justice, global ministries, higher education, campus ministry, health and welfare, Christian unity and interreligious concerns, religion and race, and the status and role of women. Outreach Ministries and their accompanying responsibilities include:

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Food Pantry Ministry – Yvonne Chambers, Coordinator
Plans, organizes, and monitors food acquisitions, storage, and distribution to eligible people in the New Hope area. Read More  >>>

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Global Outreach Missions – Pat Oglesby, Coordinator
Responsible for coordinating global mission projects in New Hope UMC for the following: UMCOR School kits; Stop Hunger Now Food Packaging Event; AGAPE Christmas Boxes 2014; Liberia; Rotifunk Hospital; El Salvadoran; ZOE. Read More  >>>

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Health and Welfare Chairperson – Helen Godfrey, Coordinator
Responsible for coordinating the blood drive with the American Red Cross and members of New Hope UMC and New Hope Township.

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Prayer Chain – Mary Ruckle, Coordinator
Responsibilities include the ability to organize the prayer chain network, provide training for new prayer chain participants, support and encourage those who serve in this ministry, processes the prayer requests and recruit new participants.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry – Ethel Yezdanian, Coordinator
This ministry reachs out with love and care to others who are hurting or who may need a special blessing by making prayer shawls. Read More  >>>

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Prayer Warrior Ministry – Sarah Meadows, Coordinator
Each Tuesday afternoon at 2pm the Prayer Warrior volunteers meet in the sanctuary to offer intercessory prayer (a prayer to God on behalf of others) for the weekly requests. This team also sets the prayer vision for New Hope UMC by encouraging personal and corporate prayer (the scheduled or unscheduled gathering of two or more Christians where those Christians approach God, communicating requests to God, expressing praise and worship of God, confessing sin, or thanking God).

The Prayer Warriors maintain strict confidentiality to those prayer concerns that are offered in private.

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Witness Ministries

(Discipline ¶252.2 (c)) The Witness Ministries of the church shall give attention to developing and strengthening evangelistic efforts of sharing of personal and congregational stories of Christian experience, faith, and service; communications; Lay Speaking Ministries; and other means that give expressions of witness for Jesus Christ. Witness Ministries and their accompanying responsibilities include:

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Certified Lay Speakers– 
(Discipline ¶268)– A lay speaker is a certified lay servant who is called and equipped to serve the church in pulpit supply. Lay speakers must complete a specific list of courses provided in the Lay Servant Ministries Program and has received certification as a lay speaker.

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Communications – Pat Murphy, Coordinator
Responsible for all internal and external communications. Read More  >>>

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Lay Servants– 

Matt Byrum Pat Capps Jimmy Darnell
Sharon Darnell Jenny Eure Sarah Meadows




(Discipline ¶268) –A lay servant is a professing member of a local church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A lay servant receives specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries.

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Sound & Video – Members of the Youth Ministry
Responsible for the sound system during Sunday services, as well as the extensive PowerPoint slides and videotapes. This includes preparing slides and videos and working closely with the Worship Planning Team to enhance New Hope’s worship experience. Also supports special events such as musicals, dramas, and weddings.

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